Saturday, August 24, 2013

GENTING BUS TRAGEDY: 10 hospitalised victims reported stable

MIROS inspecting the bus that was lifted from the ravine at KM 3.6 Jalan Genting-Kuala Lumpur here in Genting Highlands.

Ten victims of the Wednesday's Genting bus tragedy who were hospitalised at the Selayang and Sungai Buloh hospitals were reported to be in stable condition.

Selayang Hospital director Dr Siti Zaleha Mohd Salleh said all eight victims admitted to the hospital, three locals, three Bangladeshis and two Indonesians, were recovering and that some of them might be discharged soon.

"Some have been placed in the orthopaedic and surgical wards, depending on the nature of their injuries.

"As of last night, all eight are still being treated at this hospital although we have been informed that some of the foreign nationals want to be transferred to private hospitals," she said when contacted by Bernama.

On Wednesday, three of those admitted were reported to be in critical condition and the rest semi-critical.

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However, efforts to interview the victims were unsuccessful.

In the incident on Wednesday, a bus plunged into a 60-metre deep ravine at KM3.5 Jalan Genting Highlands-Kuala Lumpur and killed 37 people including the bus driver, while 16 others were injured.

Meanwhile, a Sungai Buloh Hospital spokesman, when contacted, said South Korean national, Kang Byoung Kuk, 60, one of the victims of the tragedy who was admitted to the hospital in an unconscious state, had now been transferred to the normal ward.

He suffered serious face, leg and hand injuries, the spokesman said.

Another victim admitted to the hospital, Nur Maizatul Ahmad Sharuddin, 23, is reported to stable although she would have to undergo leg surgery.

"Probably she will be operated on next week. She fractured her pelvic, thigh and calf bones," her elder brother Nor Fazli Sahazmi Ahmad Sharuddin, 26, told Bernama.

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